First win for Silva

MUTARE - Dynamos finally registered their first win of the 2016 Castle Premiership season after edging newboys Mutare City Rovers in a closely-contested tie here yesterday, easing pressure on coach Paulo Jorge Silva.

Silva came into yesterday’s match sitting on a three-match ultimatum after opening the season with a defeat away to reigning champions Chicken Inn before they were held to a goalless draw at home to Triangle.

Make-shift striker Kudzanai Nyakasaka and Roderick Mutuma found the target for the Glamour Boys to break DeMbare’s scoring duck in the 2016 Premiership campaign having failed to hit the back of the net in their opening two matches.

Kudakwashe Gurure grabbed a consolation goal for City deep into stoppage time.

Although a perpetually animated Silva was elated, he still found time to confront match officials after the win but went on to decline to comment about their performance.

Silva said he was happy with the win but would like to bolster his strike-force.

“If I get another striker I would not play Kudzanai because he is not yet fit…when I arrived here I was told he was a defender and I started training him as a striker. He is strong, clever and can hold the ball and he proved that today. But he is still young and not 100 percent fit yet,” Silva said.

Silva however, shot down claims that he was given an ultimatum.

“It’s you saying that not me. I’m not aware of that,” he said.

The Dynamos coach said the only pressure he had was the fact that he was coaching a big club.

“The pressure is only part of my job because Dynamos are a big club,” he retorted.

Mutare City Rovers new coach Taku Shariwa has managed to transform his side into premiership material but is concerned that the defence still gave away soft goals.

“I’m still not happy with my defence because we gave away two soft goals and we conceded too early,” Shariwa said.

The Mutare coach presented a completely different team from the one that opened the season as they showed good tactical awareness.

Shariwa however, said the team was still work in progress as they prepare to visit fellow premier league debutants Border Strikers for their next assignment.

Dynamos surged ahead in the 5th minute after Nyakasaka out-paced the Mutare City defence and held onto a Godknows Murwira pass to fire past a badly exposed Phillip Nhete.

Although the Magusha upped their game to restrict Dembare, they could not take the chances they created and went to the breather a goal down.

Mutare City came back from the breather with greater intent but were let down by their lack of precision in front of goal with Wonder

Sithole and Steven Sibanda fluffing their lines after neat intricate passing pried open DeMbare’s defence.

Mutuma also appeared to continue with his barren run after being introduced as a second half substitute before he finally found the back of the net when he placed a Valentine Ndaba cross beyond a flat-footed Nhete in a quick counter attack.

Gurure was however to reduce the arrears deep into stoppage time after DeMbare failed to clear their lines.

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Mandi Chimene who rushed onto the pitch after the match to support Magusha told Silva, in jest, to pay them for saving his job.

“I have been reading in the papers that you were going to be fired if you lost so you must pay us,” Chimene said jokingly.

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